Risk Alert: Wernicke's Encephalopathy

The TMLT claims and risk management departments have seen an alarming increase in the number of claims filed related to Wernicke’s encephalopathy following bariatric surgery. 

These claims involve allegations of failure to monitor thiamine levels in post-bariatric surgery patients and failure to treat symptoms of nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances, and motor impairments with thiamine supplementation. Specialties included in these claims are general surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and gastroenterology.

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Wernicke's encephalopathy after bariatric surgery
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The TMLT claims and risk management departments have seen an alarming increase in the number of claims file...

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Reporter 2017 General Surgery
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Failure to monitor vitamin levels after bariatric surgery; HIPAA and patient privacy